Thursday, July 25, 2019

Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School Student Arthur Murray Awarded Scholarship

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Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School Student Awarded Scholarship

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Arthur Murray, a senior at Montgomery Catholic, has been awarded a $250 Reader’s Choice Scholarship from Potential Magazine. In every issue, Potential features outstanding teens in our “Spotlight” section. Our readers got involved by voting online to choose the Reader’s Choice Scholarship winner, and Arthur earned the most votes.

Arthur Murray
Photo by Shelby Shubird
Arthur has a passion for robotics. He explained, “My grandfather started giving me LEGO sets at the age of 3, and by the time I was 6 I was putting together K’NEX building sets with over 300 pieces. I’ve been interested in building and designing things ever since, and that’s what sparked me to joined the robotics club my 8th grade year.” He’s an instrumental part of Montgomery Catholic’s robotics club, and has been awarded champion status at six different robotics tournaments. He has a great deal of pride in his school— he shared, “My favorite part about attending Catholic is that I’m getting a good education and learning how to grow closer to God. MCPS inspires you and makes you feel like family.” When asked to share the most important lesson he’s learned in life so far, Arthur answered, “I’ve got to put something into life before I can expect to get anything out. Hard work pays off!”

Potential Magazine is a multimedia resource for parents of college-bound teenagers. In each issue, high achieving River Region students in the 7th-12th grade are featured and entered to win the $500 Reach Your Potential Scholarship and $250 Reader’s Choice Scholarship.

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Montgomery Catholic Cheerleaders Named All-American Cheerleader

Seniors Emma Secor, Alexis Weber, and Sofie Izer were
named All-American cheerleader at the UCA Cheer Camp
at Auburn University
On June 3 to June 6, the Montgomery Catholic varsity cheerleaders attended the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) cheer camp at Auburn University. The team received multiple spirit sticks and received all superior ribbons for team evaluations each day. Eight team members were nominated to try out for All-American cheerleader, an honor given to select individuals who have exemplified showmanship, poise, and technique. Seniors Sarah Rose Burden, Anna Dubois, Anna Sadie, Chloe Weber, and junior Devan DeRamus were among the eight nominated to try out. Seniors Sofie Izer, Emma Secor and Alexis Weber were all named All-American cheerleader and were invited to try out to be UCA staff next year. Senior Hayden Pritchett was pinned with a “Pin It Forward,” an honor given by another team’s cheerleader for her character towards the other girls. The team also received a superior trophy in the medium varsity division for receiving all superior ribbons during the week, interacting with staff and other teams well, and showing great ability, sportsmanship and leadership.


Team members include:
Allie Berg
Sarah Rose Burden
Alex Celka
Devan DeRamus
Anna Dubois
Sofie Izer
Katie Perkins
Hayden Pritchett
Anna Sadie
Emma Secor
Kinley Tadlock
Valerie Waite
Alexis Weber
Chloe Weber
Coach: Samantha Banks

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Montgomery Catholic Girls Track and Cross Country Team Recognized by Mayor Strange

The Montgomery Catholic 2018-2019 cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track teams have celebrated many key successes this season. In the fall, the boys and girls cross country teams both took home the state championship trophy. The Lady Knights went on to outclass the competition and won the state championship during the winter in indoor track and during the spring in outdoor track. The girls track team and their coaches, Ed Wright, Hollis Johnson, and Coy Hunter, were invited to City Hall to be publicly recognized by Mayor Todd Strange before the city council meeting on the evening of Tuesday, June 4, 2019. One by one, the champions were called to the floor, congratulated on their individual performances, and given a certificate of recognition from the mayor.

Montgomery Catholic Cross Country Coach Ed Wright was selected as the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Boys High School Coach of the Year for the state of Alabama for the 2018 cross country season. Coach Wright serves as the head coach for the boys and girls cross country teams at Montgomery Catholic, both of which won the state championship in the 2018 season, and also coaches the indoor and outdoor boys and girls track teams.

Saturday, June 01, 2019

Montgomery Catholic Announces Wulf-Dieter Koch as Head Soccer Coach

MCPS Soccer Coach Wulf-Dieter Koch
Photo courtesy of Auburn University at Montgomery
Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School is proud to announce Wulf-Dieter Koch as the new head coach for boys soccer. “We are happy to welcome Coach Koch to our Montgomery Catholic coaching staff,” said Anne Ceasar, President of Montgomery Catholic. “We have known him as a parent for many years and are thrilled that he joins us now as a staff member. I am certain that he will guide our soccer program to the next level.”

Coach Koch most recently was the head men’s soccer coach at Auburn University at Montgomery and comes to Catholic with a stellar coaching record and over 34 years of experience playing and coaching soccer at every level. He holds a United Soccer Coaches Master Coach Diploma and United States Soccer Federation “A” and “Youth” License. In addition to his collegiate coaching positions, Koch has coached the Birmingham Hammers of the National Premier Soccer League, is a US Youth Soccer Staff Coach for Region III, and is a Boys Academy Coach for the Montgomery Capital City Streaks. He has been named SSAC Coach of the Year, National Soccer Coaches Association of America's NAIA Coach of the Year, NAIA and National Soccer Coaches Association of America Regional Coach of the Year, and NAIA Region III Sectional Coach of the Year.

"We are so excited to have Coach Koch here at Montgomery Catholic,” said Athletic Director Daniel Veres. “He brings such great knowledge, experience, and a winning pedigree to our soccer program. I personally can't wait to see this next stage in the evolution of our program. Wulf and I were both at Spring Hill College years ago, and we are just so lucky that he decided to become a part of our MCPS community."

Coach Koch began his collegiate career, first playing and then coaching, at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, where he would eventually be inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame. Following that, he moved to the University of Maine-Machias and coached for four seasons. His next four seasons were in South Dakota at National American University where he led the team to the NAIA Region III semifinals four times and to the NAIA National Tournament once. He then moved to Spring Hill College where he coached for two seasons before arriving at AUM. The second-winningest head coach of the AUM men’s soccer program, Koch retired from AUM in 2018 after 12 seasons with the men’s team and 3 seasons with the women’s team. The men’s team won an SSAC Tournament Championship, was runner-up in three SSAC tournaments, and competed in four NAIA National Tournaments. During his time with the women’s team, he led them to the NAIA National Tournament in 2004 and three NAIA Region XIII Tournament appearances. In total, he has led nine teams to the NAIA National Tournament.

While Koch’s teams have performed extremely well, individual players under his leadership have also been recognized for excellence as athletes and as scholars: 14 NAIA All-American players, 14 NAIA Scholar Athletes, 50 SSAC All-Conference team players, 9 SSAC All-Freshman team players, 54 SSAC All-Academic team players, 7 players named as SSAC Player, Offensive Player, Defensive Player or Newcomer of the Year, and one NAIA Player of the Year.

“I am inspired by the student-athletes and their quest to succeed, both in the classroom and on the soccer pitch,” Coach Koch said about his coaching philosophy and what keeps him motivated. “Success is a mindset which comes from self-satisfaction and knowing that you have done your best to become the best you are able to become.”

Building on the foundation laid by previous coaches, Coach Koch aims to take Montgomery Catholic’s soccer program to the next level. “We play in a stellar and very difficult area with great teams, and we want to be competitive year in and year out," he said. "As a coach, it is my job to take the student-athlete out of his comfort zone and make him understand that each training session and game is a microcosm of life. You will have ups and downs and it matters how you react to them.”

Coach Koch has a reputation for setting high academic standards for his athletes. While at AUM, his teams and players consistently earned recognition for posting high grade point averages while competing at the highest level on the soccer field. “We want to develop quality young people with high character, great sportsmanship, and a desire to win and succeed, all while representing themselves, the team, the school, their families, and their faith to the highest degree. I so look forward to being part of the Montgomery Catholic family and to have a positive impact on the students in the classroom and the student-athletes on the field. I feel happy and blessed for this opportunity.”

A native of Nuremberg, Germany, he enjoys sports of all kinds but is especially passionate about soccer. He is a supporter of the FC Bayern Munich soccer team and has a love for sports teams from Germany and from Boston, Massachusetts. Wulf and his wife, Jane, have three adult children: Benjamin, Alanna, and Joshua, MCPS class of 2017.

Montgomery Catholic is looking forward to the upcoming season with Coach Koch. The 2019-2020 academic year rings in a new era for Knights athletics as it will open a new 35,000 square foot gymnasium with stadium seating, capacity for 850 spectators, state-of-the-art athletic training and conditioning facilities, and offices to house coaching staff for all athletics. The dedication for the gym will take place on Sunday, August 11 at 4:00PM.